Apply to join NAIP AmeriCorps for 2017-18!
Now accepting member applications for the 2018 - 2019 program year! Click here to download the application.
If you are interested in a future service term, please complete this form and the NAIP team will follow up with you when your application becomes available.
MIRA and English for New Bostonians are partnered to place 30 AmeriCorps members at immigrant- and refugee-serving organizations throughout Massachusetts. A NAIP AmeriCorps member commits to a full-time, 6- or 11-month service position while receiving a modest living allowance, health benefits, and training.
NAIP AmeriCorps is an opportunity to serve immigrants and refugees while building and utilizing your professional skills. As an AmeriCorps NAIP member you will assist immigrants and refugees in their efforts to gain economic stability and fully integrate by developing their professional skills, improving their English language skills, becoming U.S. citizens, and connecting with community resources. Additionally, you will become a member of a capable AmeriCorps NAIP volunteers Corps, many of whom are from the immigrant and refugee community.
Through high-quality training and experience, NAIP AmeriCorps members will become skilled and passionate service providers, educators, interpreters and advocates. Lastly, by spearheading volunteer programs at each site, you will create a highly visible volunteer “brigade” to engage community volunteers on a large scale to address urgent educational and social needs.
Benefits to AmeriCorps Members
- The opportunity to build on your passion for service, gaining valuable experience working with host site employees and clients
- A living stipend of up to $13,734.00
- An education award upon successful completion of service
- Healthcare coverage
- Five weeks of initial professional development training in ESOL, interpretation, citizenship, or human services, with professional certifications in some areas
- Regular monthly meetings to discuss experiences, challenges, and successes
- Member recognition at NAIP partner events
- The satisfaction of seeing the results of your contribution in the community
NAIP AmeriCorps Member Activities
According to the host organization’s service activities plan, members will increase organizational capacity through a combination of the following allowable activities:
- Job readiness and/or job placement services
- Assisting with English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) instruction or leading group conversation circles
- Citizenship education and citizenship assistance
- Organization of educational workshops
- Special ESOL program development projects
- Volunteer program development
- Community interpreter services
- Provision of community support services
- Assisting with immigrant youth programs
Expectations of AmeriCorps Members
- Be a positive, effective colleague getting things done at your organization and in the community
- Work independently and as part of a team with a diverse network of individuals
- Eligible candidates must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or lawful permanent resident of the United States, and at least 18 years of age at time of service
- Must demonstrate a mastery of Intermediate English or higher
- Possess at least a high school diploma or its equivalent
- Attend mandatory initial orientation, ongoing monthly training sessions
- Complete service plans with your site supervisor outlining quarterly service goals
- Assist in program data collection and communicate with NAIP staff regarding any issues and requirements
NOTE: NAIP is an important, full-time commitment. If you are applying until “something else comes along,” please do not submit an application. If a member enrolls in this program and does not fulfill their hours commitment, this member forfeits their educational award and jeopardizes their ability to participate in any AmeriCorps programs in the future.
AmeriCorps Member Selection
NAIP staff at MIRA will review and evaluate all AmeriCorps NAIP member applications based on experience, commitment to service, and community involvement to determine best potential host site matches. Host sites will then directly contact candidates for interviews and select finalists, who will then be invited by NAIP for a final interview to confirm eligibility for the program. Please note that consideration for the program is contingent on host site selections; however, acceptance into the program is at the discretion of NAIP Staff.